Chanchao's Chiang Mai Food Review
Reviews of restaurants and Thai food stalls in Chiang Mai, Thailand
By: Chanchao in Chiang Mai

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Wednesday, 28-Apr-2004 00:00 Email | Share | Bookmark
Road-side Pizza

Pizza Food Stall
Big gas operated oven for baking the pizza's
Small seafood pizza: 40 baht.
Update: This place hasn't opened for the last few evenings. The stall is still there, but it's closed. When it opens again or moves to a different location I will make an update.

Thailand is well known for excellent and very abundant street hawker food; small stalls, often no more than a cart with wheels or a moped with sidecar, they provide an amazing variety of food. Most of it is traditional Thai food and snacks, but always in motion, street-cuisine is.. So here and there you may also find other types of food sold hawker-style: sandwiches, Japanese noodles, and as shown here: pizza & steak! And at great prices too!

First a little rant on pizza in Thailand: There are basically two styles: First 'real pizza', as sold in Italian restaurants, sometimes made by actual Italian chefs. There are quite a few Italian restaurants around Chiang Mai, I hesitate to name any one as being the best, but may get around to this sometime. And then there's the other style: pizza of the Pizza Hut variety. This would be most popular with local Thai people. Note that most of the actual Italian restaurants in town are LESS expensive than Pizza Hut by the way! Today’s review of "Lucky Film Pizza & Stake" is firmly in the Pizza Hut category, but don't dismiss it just yet. My main gripe with Pizza Hut (or Pizza Company for that matter) is not even the food they offer; at, say, 40 baht per pizza it would be perfectly acceptable for a quick lunch or snack. Sadly though, they charge like 200 up to a whopping 400 baht for their pizza's.. Bottle of Pepsi priced 50% higher than at the 7-Eleven next door to go with that? Also, ordering 'delivery' of a pizza from a downtown Bangkok business district outlet, all the way up to the 47th floor of your skyscraper multinational office, costs exactly the same as when picking it up yourself from a tiny little Pizza Hut shop-house in the outskirts of Chiang Mai. This, you'll agree, is insane.

But here and now, ladies and gentlemen, the insanity ends! For there is now pizza that's in every way the same as Pizza Hut, available for just 40 baht for a small pizza, 60 baht for a large one. (Or medium one, in Pizza Hut terminology) Pizza's of the same size all cost the same, no matter if you order the seafood pizza (pictured) or any of the other toppings available. And it gets better: A pizza with ham & pineapple is called 'a pizza with ham and pineapple', not "Super Supreme Tropical Hawaii Delight". It even comes with little bags of ketchup, chilly sauce and oregano, just like at Pizza Hut. So get your pizza's here! (Unless of course, you want a proper Italian restaurant dinner, a nice thin-crust pizza with a choice of Italian cheeses, artichokes, anchovies and olives and all)

The pizza stall is on the Hang Dong road, they used to be in front of the Honda Dealer but now moved a bit further down that road, just before you get to the traffic lights of the Middle Ring road. This is DIRECTLY in the path of landing airplanes at CNX International Airport. So if you're lucky you will get to see the bottom of some really big planes while waiting for your pizza, as they pass overhead about 7 seconds before touchdown.


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